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What are best practices when hiring someone to help you pack for moving?

I’m looking for someone I can trust and that won’t steal things from me as I pack since this is a project/task where the individual will be in my home in every nook and cranny. What are best tips, questions, practices to get help?

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I am very sorry about the people who can do this. I am a religious person and I understand that it is very-very bad to destroy any kind of laws - God, government or another laws.

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get someone you trust through the system or through a moving company.

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get insurance or bond letter but remember a picture is worth a lot. cameras. most insurances require proof.

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Ask your friends, church members, or associates. There's no fool proof way, other than you getting your priciest/most valuable items all boxed up yourself and keeping the box to yourself. Good day & good luck!!

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Randi in Billings, MT
March 13, 2019

Cameras and contracts.

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Tracy in Novi, MI
March 11, 2019

background check

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Rebecca in Boise, ID
March 10, 2019

Most people are trustworthy. Your best bet is to carefully screen your applicant by making sure to call all references, and ask questions about the potential employees honesty and integrity.

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Gleide in Peabody, MA
March 9, 2019

First to know if he has a family and where he lives and with whom he lives. second, confidence is won then I suggest calling someone who has been with you for some time

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Misty in Sarasota, FL
March 8, 2019

Ask family/friends for referral of someone they have used to pack. Professional Organizers often offer these services.

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References and interview.

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It is important to do a background check with a former employer on the applicant. It can be very dangerous allowing a stranger in your home.

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User in Laredo, TX
Feb. 24, 2019

I don't have no answer because every time I get hired for whatever reason they automatically trust me and leave me alone I the house. Now I have seen a couple of things that to me they were testing me with, like by Leaving a stack, or bulk of cash in a glass vase and I would clean around it, or have been tested with a bulk of cash in some pants and I right away advise them of my findings, so you can do that to see, but in all honesty, you never know.

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I am thinking that you should establish a trust with that person. Also let them know point blank that if they see something they like and would love to have it they should ASK or tell him/her nicely not to take your stuff. It would be your choice if you can afford to give or not. Another option is CAMERA. Your choice!

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I would ask around and get reviews, word of mouth is the best. Hopefully you can find someone that is affiliated with a bible believing church and you can find someone that way.

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Hiring someone you can trust,but very organition person,for make easy when you move.

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There are not any best practices when hiring an individual to pack. I feel like you can check references or use your best judgment and allow the person to complete the assignment. I hope the employees that are applying keep their standards and morals at a trusting point.

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so my advice will be: first copy or personal identification, take pictures all your belongs, put cameras or let the people know you have that and repeat we trust them, and identification of the belongs inside the boxes is very importants. thanks.

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Dont do it if you have those types of issues, It creates an awkward situation for everyone involved..

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Check their background, ask for references. I always put $5 dollars on floor in the room they are working. I check back there to see if taken. I did this for movers . They took it. I told their boss.

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Definitely look them up to make sure there are no theft charges past or present in the public records, not sure what Kentucky's site is but for Indiana it is mycase.in.gov. I would also say you should ask them to make an itemized list of what goes in each box, not sure if that would help but it might make them think twice if they believe you would be more likely to notice something missing because of it.

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hire someone who is #1 insured. #2 bonded and #3 recommended.

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id say do a thourough back ground check and dont leave any money or checks laying out in open sight , any thing small that can be put in a pocket or jacket id put all in a specific room and tell whoever is doing the job this room is off limits , if possible lock that peticular room

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A background check is a must. Be very specific about what you expect to have done during the packing when you interview them. Let them know that you have a record of everything in your home and if anything goes missing they will be held accountable for it and you will also report them. No one looking for a job wants to be arrested right? That would really ruin any chances of future hire. Have them sign a contract including what they would be held liable for if anything goes missing.

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Nancy in Sherwood, OR
Jan. 24, 2019

I am a former packer/mover. I have found many customers feel more comfortable with female packers, as they may be more delicate with packing. Also, most all moving companies and professional sites such as care.com, all have extensive background checks done on all personnel going into residence homes. I do suggest, as a professional, when you decide and have hired someone to come out, put away all your valuables such as jewelry, currency, any forms of ID (birth cert, passport, etc). and place those items into a box or area and make note of said items. Most packers should write the contents of the items in the boxes as well. It can be scary having a stranger in your home, however, they are trained to treat your belongs with upmost respect.

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I would make sure a full background check is applicable and they pass. I would interview them and get a background up to the present. I would make sure I was given reliable references and actually follow through and I would go out of my way to get security cameras just in case!

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Laticia in Deland, FL
Jan. 22, 2019

This is a great question. It is important that the you do your due diligence when hiring someone to help you in your home. Even a reputable moving company will have employees that are not ethical in their practices. I recommend you hire people how have had background checks. They are not only more likely to be honest with you and your belongings but they are confident ethically and of good character. With that said, make sure you speak to the person you are looking o hire. You are interviewing them so have a list of questions you need to ask that will build your confidence in the person you are looking to hire.

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do a police check, but you must trust not all people, they will get dirty by material things.

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Hi There: A background check. Shadow the person until you get a feel for them. Then check up on them frequently. Listen to your intuition. It usually is correct. I am looking for that exact job. Check out Chris A. in Yorba Linda.

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Hire me and you will be good to go

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Look for someone that has a background check available, great references and great organization skills to decrease the stress.

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I would definitely request a full comprehensive background check, and then pack anything of valuable things that you have.

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Running a background check on the person might be a good idea.

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Some one doing odd jobs that are rated good and have background checks or a moving company.

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Josy in Nashua, NH
Jan. 8, 2019

I am willing to help in the best possible way. I have experience and confidence

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just be upfront with them. If I see you in any rooms that I don't want you in I'm getting rid of you right away and if i see anything missing same thing but this time I will call the cops. make sure to take pics of everything in your home where it was and what it was and list everything. I know this could be a big job but you'd rather be safe than sorry later

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I would request a background check. Pack anything of value yourself. Or have cameras on during the packing.

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I wouldn't take anything that is not my way of doing things besides I have enough things.

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Ask for references.

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Luz in Orlando, FL
Jan. 3, 2019

Put every thing what you going to move with you in one side and the other things the you not need put them in the other side. Put name were it belong in the box front.

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Listen to the person packing you out to see if they know what they are doing? Get a resume and check their references for prior clients. Do a back ground check. Do not just pick anyone. Your movers will have done this for you. Make your life easy. I create the opportunity to explain my organization need and why I need a work area. I give them a time flow of packing expectations. All this includes a talk of what I can get done as they are loading a U-Haul as they are not prepared or packed ahead of time. I find it hard to work with people who are going to be at my elbow for every item to be packed. As a prior military wife moving across the country and back, I have helped friends and friends of friends to pack out their homes for free and believe me I do not want to be treated in a condescending manner. Our movers sent a team on one lady to pack out our family and a three-bedroom home. So I got involved and learned a great organizational skill and some security tips. I try to create a time to meet them prior to the day so they can meet me and get to know me a little better and how I know their friend. I have to hope they are listening to me when I need them to realize my experience is about protecting their belongings. I take direction well and remind them what is possible in the time that I have to give them. I will advise them to number their boxes and separate certain belongings away from each other to make it harder for items to be easily stolen. Movers use numbers on the boxes to inventory a move. Your box number sheet, one you made up ahead of time, should itemize what is in those room boxes. An inventory you should have written out prior per room then add the boxes numbers when the packers finish. A team of highly organized packers can pack out a four bedroom home in 4 to 5 hours.. But, It took me 5 hours to pack out a four section cabinet (the length of a short wall) of crystal ware because of the extra padding and box preparation needed to protect the crystal. Also if you are making decisions of what to take with you as your packers are working to pack out your boxes defeats their effectiveness to do their job. Have your suitcases ready and or boxes and tell the team lead that these are not to be packed. Put a sheet over them or a sign "DO NOT PACK PLEASE". Create or separate four boxes for emergency use marking them "ER" that the movers will take on the truck. These are loaded last and are the first to take off. These have one box to unpack for canned goods, boxed meals for meal prep and some cook ware, trash bags, another box for kitchen towels, bath tissues and a shower floor mat. Pet foods, a few flashlights, plastic cups...This way you have items at hand to use till you unpack your life stored in what will seem like a million boxes. So if you are working with one person or a team of packers do your homework to be ready. But if that person has no experience then be wise to communicate your time and care expectations.

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Kelly in Dunedin, FL
Jan. 1, 2019

ask for their background check and check wether they have insurance. I provide both.

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contact care.com because they do background checks and check references to insure that the people that work for them are trustworthy and reliable.

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Trustworthy, firstly and detail oriented. Someone who values your belongings as they would their own, with respect and with care. I was a Navy wife for 20 years so I have first hand knowledge of having to trust people packing my families various valuables, collections and household goods. During my time as a Navy wife, we moved a total of 9 times to 6 different states.

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Someone who is practical, have a sense of an organization and taking care of your belong while packing .

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Do a back ground check, check references, and make sure that you are comfortable with who you are hiring. Working side by side till you are assured you can trust them.

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Make sure they have a background check, get referrals, and, unfortunately, be there. I have helped people pack to move, and I know myself, but when I have people help me with projects, I have better luck when I'm on the premises.

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Honestly, just get a feel for them in person to see how they are. If they seem trustworthy after a few visits I'd say send them off on their own to cover more ground.

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Peggy in Kennesaw, GA
Nov. 26, 2018

there are always risks in having a stranger in your home. Request a background check.

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check and see if they are insured, do they work in a field that handles money. Could be a good sign.

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Honestly, Finding TRUSTWORTHY help is so hard now-a-days. I feel like, AS A WOMAN, Its easier to have a guy help you pack because they're strong and can carry all that weight; Not to mention the fact I doubt ANY MAN is gonna STEAL a woman's belongings.

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If you don't have someone that you already know personally to help you, then I would start by asking for a background check. I would get references from a former employer and a family member. I would first meet in public to get a "gut feeling" for this person before you hire them. I would also ensure any valuables were already packed before they arrived so that there is no question should something valuable come up missing.

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Leanna in Staples, MN
Nov. 15, 2018

Get personal references. Ask if insured. Have contact info.

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Well, for starters, I would separate your heirloom keepsakes and valuables from the rest and pack those away yourself. But, most hiring services, such as Care.com provide background checks on all service providers. Be sure to choose one that has general liability insurance - that way, you can always file a claim.

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Dana in Meridian, ID
Nov. 13, 2018

You can check out references, be sure to meet this person to see how you feel about there presence. Don't be discouraged there are quality people here for you. Care.com has covered a criminal back ground Check as well as a DMV history check. This combination should help in comfort g you. Packing is a chore, The whole move can be overwhelming, Getting some help can put your mind at ease.

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User in Hesperia, CA
Nov. 10, 2018

have them be bonded

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Well, work together and give the person some instructions about the moving stuff.

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User in Stamford, CT
Nov. 8, 2018

organize and prioritize. start off getting your body products and undergarments. then start by checking the weather. then put your casual clothes in a garment bag and then pick out clothes for an emergency. if you do these things it makes it alot easier.

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Cheryl in Durham, NC
Nov. 8, 2018

Seek someone who has a Care.com background check and is bonded or willing to be bonded. Also, take the time to call their references!

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If you need help, you need to trust people

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Do a background check and check out their references.

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Always ask for references and check them.

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Attention to detail and great organizing skills are a must ! When packing a room there are I see layers of items that need to be grouped together and subsequently packed together. By separating the items by weight and category your less likely to lose items due to breakage and damage.

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The person needs to have references and background

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Tim in Holden, MA
Nov. 2, 2018

I think a personal interview/meeting is mandatory and you should discuss this topic with the person you are talking to. Myself, I'd be fine with the homeowner looking over my shoulder the entire time if that's what makes them comfortable.

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Kendra in Clio, MI
Oct. 29, 2018

A background check is always a plus! If you are not able to be with them while they are helping you pack, tell them only certain things to pack or another option is references. Anybody who has been cleaning for a while has at least 2 to 3 references.

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Amber in Tampa, FL
Oct. 26, 2018

Get a person with a clean background check and supervise them. That is your best bet.

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I'm looking for someone I can trust and can be eficiente and smart

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Sandra in Easley, SC
Oct. 24, 2018

Get a background check on the person.

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Start with a meeting and walkthrough. Go by your gut feeling first, then get verified references (care.com profiles should have some) and then make a decision. Get copies of ID phone and address, you can always do an inexpensive background check online if needed. As a house cleaner I believe transparency and communication are important in building a relationship on both sides. Its scary for us as well, not getting paid or something worse is a legit worry we have. Be safe, both of you.

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I would just hire a moving company that is bonded if you are worried about people stealing from you while they help you. A bonded company has insurance against that sort of behavior.

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Yes this is very important that you have trust in people because nobody wants someone that will steal from them I totally understand

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In this day and age it's hard to tell whether someone will or won't take something. I believe a person is honest until they prove other wise.

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Tasha in Atlanta, TX
Oct. 14, 2018

Make sure that who ever you hire has insurance and is bonded. Individuals who have them credentials are less likely to try to steal from you.

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Troy in Elwood, IN
Oct. 14, 2018

Ask for there references & past jobs and interview them. I mean you can do a background check, but alot of times the background check is past tense and maybe that person changed there life around. Like me for instance, I used to abuse alcohol, now I have been sober over 3 years!

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Hire someone like me. I am a certified MAID.with a background in moving and packing with Allied Van Lines. Check my references since I would be A rated with references on Angies List. Meet with me and sometimes you just have to trust a person based on references? Never hire a cleaning service or a person with more than one person to send.

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Good question. First there are no guarantees........but I would start with a background check. If they have nothing to hide it should be ok with them. if $ is a problem for them you might offer to reimburse them for their output ( it would be a worth while investment for you!) Secondly, I would try to get as many references as possible (not only from recently known persons... but also get some from previous years....this could show you a more complete picture of the person's character) I would lean towards a professional in this situation. They should be more efficient and sensitive towards your concerns since they have done this before. Next I would pack all my highly expensive and valuables myself (as much as is possible). Lastly, I would "oversee" and "watch" the person when they were dealing with your true valuables.

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The best and most important form of gaining new business is word of mouth. Be sure and check references if you are concerened about being able to trust a housekeeping in your home.

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Terri in Bokeelia, FL
Oct. 12, 2018

knowing how to pack, dependability, trustworthy.

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Just have that person pack rite along side of you this way you can keep your eye on the person. Also to monitor that they are packing the site qay

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Get references from current clients. Ask if they have clearances.

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Ask for and speak to current and former clients.

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User in Owasso, OK
Oct. 8, 2018

I think your gut and their background check should be all you can count on. I would think most people wouldn't steal from you but you never know. You could stay in the room and both of you work in the same area. You could pack the valuables yourself and not let anyone else do it. If it were me, I would not like not being trusted and would probably have you do the valuables yourself.

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I am the person you need. I am a professional personal organizer, I have a name to take care of, a family, I have social networks, a God who takes care of me and I guarantee a clean and honest work.

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Request a Cori and referneces up front.

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Sabra in Dallas, TX
Oct. 7, 2018

First thing I strongly suggest is researching their background via care.com or running your own background check. If you feel comfortable with that I would be sure to set up a face to face interview. Generally you get a pretty good idea of ones character in the first 30 minutes of meeting them so I would try to make the interview at least a half hour. I would recommend getting several references and follow through on calling them. I would also recommend having some sort of surveillance and letting that someone know they are being watched to hopefully prevent any one from even getting the idea of taking whats not theirs. Then after that basically you just have to follow your instinct.

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Make sue you do a background check and call all of their references.

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Ask for client references. But remember, the vast majority of us are good, honest hard workers, not criminals.

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Nola in Tyler, TX
Sept. 26, 2018

Have a list of all items in the house and when you hire a mover, make sure that boxes are marked on the outside with what items are in that boxed. Also make sure that the person you hire has a background check and has good references. It's also good to check his/her profile and online accounts to find out what this person does and also make sure that he/she doesn't leave with anything he didn't bring in

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Gigi in Tucson, AZ
Sept. 25, 2018

Do it yourself. I've had best friends steal from me, hired hands and even my sister tried to steal from me. Do the work yourself. No reason to complain then.

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Sounds like you should supervise them to pack your things.

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Aside from a background check or resume or any of that I honestly feel that it is all in the vibe you get off Someone when Meeting and or hiring Them. If It Doesnt feel Right Then It Most like;y Isn't. Trust Your Gut. If the Future Hire is eyeballing and casing your house then you are Most definitely going to Notice. Trust yourself Above All. But Also Do Not Judge Based on appearance.. Looks are Not Always Everything Either. Above All I recommend Not being alne in the Home with the future Hire If you are vulnerable and you should always meet in public for the first Time. Good Luck to You! I hope this helps at least a Little bit! Amanda-

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User in Algonquin, IL
Sept. 24, 2018

I would find a professional packer that is insured and bonded. The higher rate is worth the cost in the long run.

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User in New York, NY
Sept. 23, 2018

Heres what i would do. Meet person, trust my gut, and then state "i want to make you aware upfront that i have home cameras as ive had trouble in the past, and feel its only fair that i inform you upfront. Its not that ill be prying all day, but mire of a security issue." You dont necessarily need a camera as this will more than likely make someone think twice before stealing, but on the otherhand, there are cheap home cameras that you may want to consider getting. Of course, a background check doesnt guarantee anything but is still a good idea. Good luck!

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Make sure to get references (at least 3 or 4). I've seen nightmares where valuables are concerned. Always get references. Stay with the people doing the packing. It may be a pain to do this but it also gives peace of mind.

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Check the person or/and company background, also hear from credible references.

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